Asset optimizer helps improve the performance in production site by compressing/minifying the CSS and JS.
Minification of assets helps to cut the unnecessary portions of code and reduce the size of file to boost the performance by reducing amount of data over the internet.
Sitecore administrators can enable/disable optimizer globally of to a specific site.
Enable/Disable the Asset Optimizer globally
Enabling or disabling optimizer globally affects all the sites configured in the Sitecore instance.
To change the optimiser settings navigate to following location. This is accessible to Administrators-
You can also search “optimiser”-
If you can’t find this you may have to re-index master.
Select Scripts or Styles to change the settings
Modes of Optimizations
Concatenate And Minify Mode
When this option is selected. Sitecore will concatenate and minify the OOTB and Custom Scripts and Styles.
Example:- If you have a custom theme you can add the css files in your extension theme
This is in master database
Highlighted CSS is a extension to the base theme.
Web database when the page is first requested Sitecore will concat and minify all css in extension theme folder and create a optimised-min.css file
Styles loaded from the extension theme is concatenated and minified version with timestamp in query parameter (optimised-min.css)
Notice that the file name is optimised-min.css
Change the mode of optimization to “Concatenate”.
Web database now has optimized file created in extension theme
Styles loaded from the extension theme is concatenated version with timestamp in query parameter (optimised.css)
Notice that the reference to file is changed to optimised.css
Change the mode to “Disabled” and should see all the files loaded separately. Disabled mode is good for debugging but should not be used for production as it will give a performance hit.
Best Practice – Enable Asset Optimizer in production environments
The same can be applied to the Scripts.
You have set the optimizer to concatenate and minify globally to your Sitecore instance but still don’t see the site been optimized.